E-cars are still impractical for many. Try a hybrid (for now)


About the editor: OK, EV and gas car drivers, how about this very practical (albeit temporary fix for climate change) compromise – hybrid cars? (“Electric cars are not perfect, but we EV drivers are glad to have one now”, Opinion, March 12)

Why are battery-gas hybrid cars better than fully electric vehicles? Many people living in apartments or townhouses are unable to install chargers in municipal electrical systems. And hybrids cost half the cost of ownership and less than half the cost of ownership and repairs than gasoline-powered cars.

Yes, my husband and I are these Prius drivers. Try a hybrid; You won’t miss the money you don’t spend.

Judy Graff, Studio City


About the editor: Even before the war in Ukraine, there were articles in this and other publications urging motorists to buy an electric vehicle.

If you love the look of your car, why not just go electric? This is often cheaper than buying a new electric car.

I suggest that high school and junior college car classes take on this project. Young people could learn a new business that will become very important and there will be fewer discarded cars (except their petrol engines, of course).

The platinum in the catalytic converters could be sold to fund this work instead of going to thieves.

Barbara Snider, Huntington Beach


About the editor: Saturday’s letters were dedicated to opinions on battery-powered electric cars. Unfortunately, no mention was made of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Honda, Hyundai and Toyota all sell hydrogen-powered cars, which far outperform electric cars. We don’t have to worry about disposing of used batteries or sourcing the materials for the batteries, which is not environmentally friendly.

In addition, hydrogen-powered cars only emit water.

Gregory Allen Harman, Rancho Cucamonga E-cars are still impractical for many. Try a hybrid (for now)

Caroline Bleakley

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